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The Very Best of Albert King Original recording remastered

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This remastered CD is a collection of 20 greatest hits including 'Born Under a Bad Sign', 'Crosscut Saw', and others! It also includes notes by Rob Bowman, author of the Grammy-winning Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records.

1. Laundromat Blues
2. Oh, Pretty Woman
3. Crosscut Saw
4. Born Under a Bad Sign
5. Cold Feet
6. (I Love) Lucy
7. Blues Power
8. Drowning on Dry Land
9. Tupelo, Pt.1
10. Water
11. Wrapped Up in Love Again
12. Can't You See What You're Doing to Me
13. Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
14. Angel of Mercy
15. I'll Play the Blues for You, Pt. 1
16. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
17. Playing on Me
18. That's What the Blues Is All About
19. Flat Tire
20. Crosscut Saw

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000QUCPVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Perry Celestino on September 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First of all, this CD is not to be confused with the "Very Best Of Albert King" available on Rhino. That compilation features Albert at every stage of his career, King Records, Coun-tree, Stax and Tomato periods have an example on the disc. This disc is ONLY Stax cuts which are considered by most Albert lovers to be his best and most creative work. And we are talking here about the entire Stax years 1966-1975. All of King's Stax albums are represented here except his Elvis Presley tribute LP "King Does The King's Things".

This CD has all the single versions of King's most famous tunes. A few are missing such as "Personal Manager" where they cut out his famous solo, so it's just as well it's left out! In the 1960s, before computers in music, songs were edited in various ways and remixed. The versions of these tunes are classic! (I am not sure everyone will know this and that's why I'm submitting this review!). Previously many of these sides, including the very rare classic, "Left Hand Woman" were only available in the UK. The main compilation was "Blues For You" (1995)and it had many of these tunes on it. BUT this has more as you will see!

When Stax signed Albert King in 1965 they didn't know what to do with him. Stax was a Soul label and was forging ahead as an independent label (as Chess had done in the 1950s and early 1960s for Blues). They got him to play his stuff with more modern and then up-to-date grooves and Albert took the Blues to a new place. This CD celebrates Albert's contribution to American and World music.

As another reviewer has said at Amazon "the Blues is not meant to be played in 2-3 minutes". This is so true, it needs time to develop and let its heart and soul out. This is why Albert's best work is on his many live albums.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ekus on December 8, 2010
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I gave this 3 stars not because of the amazing Albert King or these great songs but the Company who put this collection together. So many of the songs fade out in the middle of the song. I don't care about trying to fit more songs into a collection if it means to sacrifice the ones you are including. Should have been a double CD, I wouldn't have bought this collection had I known most of the songs just fade out prematurely, just when Albert starts ripping a great guitar solo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clinton C. Condra on June 15, 2009
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I have become a huge fan of the Blues scene over the past 2 years and this was my first purchase of and Albert King album. Since I bought it I have had a hard time taking it out of my CD player! I would recomend this if you are not looking for the "old", "twangy", type blues. It is one of those that makes you wanna shake your booty out on the dance floor! Hope everyone enjoys it!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2010
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Just when Albert gets going on his guitar,some sound engineer fades the song out and it's on to the next,if I had known this I would have passed on this disc!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Rosen on August 11, 2008
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I first saw Albert King at the Filmore East in the late 60's. After that concert I became a life long blues fan and taught myself how to play blues guitar - it was a life altering experience. Yes, he was that good. A. King was a large man and had a powerful stage presence. His blues was pure, simple, yet so emotional. Blues is about timing, space and passion and A.King was a master of this. Furthermore, all the blues greats of the 50's and 60's had their own styles which could be recognized instantly. A. King's style, I believe, was the most recognizeable. He forged his own unique style that has become the most quoted of all the blues greats. Check out Cream's "Strange Brew," which is a direct ripoff of "Pretty Woman." Clapton stole it note for note. "Pretty Woman" is the second track on this CD and, for my money, is one of the most powerful blues tunes ever recorded. I just love how A. King howls after he hits the first notes of his solo. When I saw him live, everyone screamed at these solos. This CD has many of King's staples and the recordings are excellent and it would be a great introduction to A. King. These days everyone is crying about how the blues is a dead art form and downloading, etc. is killing it. Maybe that is true, but I believe that all it would take is another A. King (as well as talent in line with the other two Kings, Rush, Magic Sam, etc), to elevate this art form. I think the time may be right, but the labels are so scared to release new talent, that it is making it hard to find new blues artists who would make a similar impact as the above ones. Fortunately, these is a plethra of great old blues out there and so, buy this CD and go from there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By searcher on April 28, 2009
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I know there are a lot of good blues artists but Albert King puts together his singer and playing and his style like no one else and this CD has some of his best. I was not able to find one CD with every thing i like so I got both very best of Albert King and I still had to down load a few MP3's to get everything i want and now I am cruisin and grovin to the absolute best of Albert King.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. S. Arthur on June 8, 2013
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I purchased this CD after watching the Rock and Roll Hall Fame induction ceremony for 2013. I LOVE the blues and this didn't disappoint. Love the way Albert King bends his strings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher D. Finley on September 22, 2013
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The music is great on this CD, but I felt like every song was cut short. Look for longer versions to really enjoy the fullness of the music.
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